PRESENTMENT OF PROPOSED
AMENDMENT TO RULE 226a TO
THE TEXAS SUPREME COURT
ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Letter dated February 19, 2012 to the Honorable
Nathan L. Hecht, Justice, Supreme Court of Texas
The Following are Cited in the Letter:
Hecht, Jury Trials Trending Down in Texas Civil
Cases, 69 Tex. B. J. 854 (2006). Footnotes 1,16 &
18
Furgeson, Civil Jury Trials, RIP? Can it Actually
Happen in America?, 40 St. Mary's Law Journal 795
(2009), Footnotes 2 & 7
Smith, The Vanishing Jury. A View From the Bench, State Bar of Texas Bill of Rights Course (2008),
Footnote 3
Powell, The Texas Civil Jury Trial and the California Condor. Endangered Species?, State Bar of
Texas Seminar, Soaking up Some CLE (2007), Footnotes 4 & 7
Dorsaneo, Reexamining the Right to Trial by Jury, 54 SMU Law Review 1695 (2001), Footnote 5
Wolfram, The Constitutional History of the Seventh Amendment, 57 Minn. Law Rev. 639 (1973),
Footnote 7
1 Gales, Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States (Washington, 1834),
Footnote 7
Bennett, Judges Views on Vanishing Civil Trials, 88 Judicature No. 6 (2005), Footnote 7
Wikipedia Article, Benjamin Franklin, Footnote 10
Harris County District Clerk brochure, On the Importance of Jury Service, Footnote 11
Texas Uniform Jury Handbook, Footnote 11
May, 2011 Issue, American Bar Assn Journal, Flunking Civics: Why America's Kids know So Little,
Footnote 12
May 4, 2011 American Bar Assn Daily News, New Test Results Show Crisis in Civics Education Says
Retired Justice O'Connor, Footnote 13
Texas Education Code, Sec 25.082, Footnote 14
Opinion in Croft v Perry, 624 F3d 157 (5th Cir 2010), Footnote 15
Opinion in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v Middleton, 982 SW2d 468 (Tex.App.-San Antonio 1998, rev. den.),
Footnote 19
wikipedia Article, Wikipedia as a Court Source, Footnote 20
Opinion in Neeley v West-Orange Cove Consolidated Independent School District, 176 SW3d
746 (Tex.2005), Footnote 21
Opinion in Freeman v State, 230 SW3d 392 (Tex.App.-Eastland 2007, no pet), Footnote 22
Opinion in Union Pacific Railroad Company v Cezar, 293 SW3d 800 (Tex.App.-Beaumont 2009,
no pet), Footnote 23
Opinion in In the Interest of K.E.L., 2008 WL 5671873 (Tex.App.-Beaumont 2008, not reported),
Footnote 24
Rule 201, Texas Rules of Evidence, Footnote 25
Background & Philosophy
Legal Heritage & Education
THE FOLLOWING ARE CITED IN THE LETTER:
Beck, Mithoff, Jennings & Higginbotham, The Consequences of the Vanishing Trial: Does Anyone
Really Care?, State Bar of Texas 24th Annual Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course (2011),
Footnotes 6 & 9